Looking at a busy Monday and an impending vacation, I decided to put together my bloom day post a little early. We're nearly at astronomical summer, and the garden is reflecting our fitful exit from spring. Some earlier-flowering plants are hanging on, while other summer bloomers are a little delayed with few or no buds. The peonies are making their last gasp. By mid-June, they start to look very ragged (especially after getting repeatedly pounded by severe rains this year), but I haven't had the heart to deadhead them once and for all. These white ones are in the best shape at this point.
My columbines (Aquilegia canadensis) are still going strong. There are a number of spent blooms that are on their way to becoming decorative seed pods, but they are still outnumbered by the pink and yellow blooms I love!
(Note the scraggly pink peonies in the background)
By now we are all familiar with the river of salvia at the Lurie Garden that was seen during the Spring Fling (no, I don't have a link because how could I choose one picture from all the shots out there on the attendees' blogs? Besides, most of you probably know what it looks like. If you don't, pick a blog on the blogroll and I bet you'll find it!) I don't have a river of salvia, or even a stream, but I do have a puddle. I've been nurturing a grouping of Salvia nemorosa 'Plumosa' and S. nemorosa 'Lost-Plant-Tag-Don't-Know-Cultivar', and the puddle is really hitting its stride right about now!
Some bumblebees stake their claim on this salvia every year, and I'm pleased to have them back. The bee visitor is a little blurry in this shot (sorry!):
I also lost the tag for this heuchera (suggestions welcome!), whose veiny foliage adds interest to this rather dull corner near my hose and in front of my irises, which have closed up shop for the year. I think the white blooms contrast deliciously with the purplish-brown leaves.
Remember those Supertunias we got at Carolyn Gail's on Saturday of Spring Fling? They can indeed thrive in part shade! I took this one and plunked it in this basket-looking container on my front patio. It's doing quite nicely.
Not pictured but doing something: Spirea, Astilbe (finally putting out a very tentative panicle after a disastrous season last year), pink coral bells (another cultivar mystery), and a cilantro. I'm not sure if you're not supposed to let cilantro bloom, kind of along the lines of how you shouldn't let basil flower, but I was so intrigued that I just let it go. I'm sorry there's no picture but it's a tiny plant and the flowers are downright minuscule--not good for my weak photography skills! Anyway, happy bloom day to all, and to see more visit Carol at May Dreams Garden!